Harvard University Labs have collaborated with Trinity College Dublin to put together a comprehensive Soft Robotics Toolkit that enables users to design, create and control soft robots -- robots made from flexible materials. The toolkit is aimed at both skilled and noob researchers and robot geeks and provides downloadable open-source plans, step-by-step tutorials and videos to help users put together their own soft robot projects.
This knowledge-sharing project hopes to inspire the creation of new types of soft devices and gadgets that could have larger implications. It is also a great example of how open-source software allows for more open and accessible progress in the use of computer software to spur innovation.
The Soft Robotics Toolkit even encourages people to share content with its knowledge bank to grow and enrich its base.